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Thread: OS/OALD, Am I doing this right?

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    Default OS/OALD, Am I doing this right?

    I had significant problems with OS and OALD when DS was born 2.5 years ago. Long story, but I experienced almost weekly plugged ducts and he had severe colic problems for the first 18 weeks until things finally leveled off . DD is now 4weeks old, and I started block feedings as soon as my milk came in at day 3. Nursing is better this time around, but I am still having problems. I am currently nursing in 4 hour blocks, but DD still chokes and gags when nursing and frequently pulls off the breast. She will also spit up very large amounts about once to twice a day. I know this is due to OALD. I will hand express some milk once I feel the let down (or before nursing if I feel engorged). I can easily hand express a couple ounces before the milk stops spraying (usually I just let it spray into a towel). I want to help reduce DD's discomfort, but won't expressing this much just continue to stimulate more milk production? I am also nursing her while either reclined or laying down with her on top to try to reduce her choking. She is otherwise doing well, having plenty of wet/poopy diapers and gained 20oz over the past 13 days . I will also be returning to work in a couple months so I have pumped twice so we can start introducing DD to a bottle. I was able to pump 4oz from one breast in less then 5min .

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    Default Re: OS/OALD, Am I doing this right?

    sounds like your doing all the right things.

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    Default Re: OS/OALD, Am I doing this right?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*andrea.wolford View Post
    sounds like your doing all the right things.
    it is going to take some time for your supply to settle down and usually with momma's with oversupply it takes even longer. You are doing the right things just keep it up. I would think you will start to see some difference by 8 to 12 weeks. Hang in there.
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    Default Re: OS/OALD, Am I doing this right?

    my sister who also had OALD/OS used the situation to her advantage b/c she was returning to work. so she did pump and store and she would nurse in addition to pumping. Her oversupply issue worked itself out once she returned to work b/c for those hours her baby took the expressed milk in a bottle and she expressed during her lunch break.

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    Default Re: OS/OALD, Am I doing this right?

    You sound like you are doing all the right things. The only thing I would say is why pump right now? You only really need one day's supply before you go back to work. I bet you could get that hand expressing into a bowl (or using milkies on the other side) while your supply is still settling down (and it will eventually)

    ETA - I didn't introduce DD to a bottle until I went back to work (but I went back early - about 8 weeks)
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    Default Re: OS/OALD, Am I doing this right?

    Sounds like you're doing all the right things. I waited too long to intro a bottle (apparently) with both dd2 and ds and could never get them to take one. It must be a fine line. Either way, your supply will settle down eventually--it took me about 7 months with ds and I'm just now getting evened out with dd2 (she's almost 5 months).

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    Default Re: OS/OALD, Am I doing this right?

    Thanks for the responses and encouragement . I started pumping only enough to introduce a bottle so DD will take one when she needs to in few months. I read somewhere (can't recall where now) that babies often will refuse a bottle if it is first offered after they are 6 weeks old. She took her first bottle at 4 weeks very readily for DH. We plan to give her a small bottle once every few days to make sure she stays accustomed to them. As far as pumping more goes, I certainly wouldn't mind building up a large freezer stash, but it is my understanding that the OALD likely won't improve until my supply drops some. Am I mistaken on this?

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    Default Re: OS/OALD, Am I doing this right?

    You are correct on that- the oversupply issue needs to settle down before the OALD will. I think someone mentioned using milkies to catch any extra milk-this is a great idea. That way you can store some milk but don't have to pump.
    Jessica

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